Ministry disputes Khama claims (Botswana)
The Patriot on Sunday
April 29, 2021
See link https://thepatriot.co.bw/ministry-disputes-khama-claims/ for
The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism
wishes to strongly condemn the falsehoods appearing in the Dutch newspaper,
Trouw, following an interview with Former President, Lt. General Dr.
Seretse Khama Ian Khama.
The Ministry wishes to set the record straight that the prudent management
of the country’s natural resources, including wildlife, is based on
legislation, policies and strategies that are consistent with sustainable
development and international standards. As such, Botswana has earned
international accolades for her sterling efforts to conserve and manage the
country’s wildlife resources.
Disarmament of Department of Wildlife and National Parks Anti-Poaching
Unit: The decision to temporarily disarm the Anti-poaching Unit was taken
with the view to put enact appropriate law which will permit the Department
to carry firearms.
This process is still ongoing and will be concluded in the near future.
Meanwhile, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks undertakes
anti-poaching activities in collaboration with other security agencies
allowed by the law to carry firearms. Rhinos:
The re-introduction of rhinos into the wild began in 2002 before the term
of office of Former President, Khama. The number of rhinos has been
increasing since then. While it is true that Botswana has been affected by
rhino poaching over the last few years, it should be acknowledged that the
several key rhino range states in the region have also suffered a surge in
Lifting of the hunting moratorium: It is a fact that Botswana has the
largest number of elephants in the world and that they are overpopulated
causing environmental stress and human-wildlife conflict in some parts of
the country. In order to mitigate the overpopulation, Government in
consultation with affected communities lifted the hunting moratorium.
[Signed] FOR/ PERMANENT SECRETARY